Education & Training

Music by William Stonewall Monroe

Schedule at-a-glance
A list of courses offered by NADCA in chronological order.

Course Descriptions
Brief, detailed descriptions of courses taught at NADCA and in-plant classes. Each description also contains information regarding textbooks, materials used and other.

Certification Program
A complete text featuring what steps are necessary to attain Certification from NADCA. Course electives and requirements are listed.

Biographies and photographs of individuals who instruct NADCA's courses and in-plant conferences. An excellent introduction to the caliber of people NADCA utilizes for its education programs.

Local Courses
There are NADCA education and training chapters located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Chapters are an extension of NADCA's education and training, and most offer selected NADCA national courses and programs locally . . . thus, expanding the technology transfer opportunities for every die caster. Chapters also offer a range of other technological and operational education programs specifically selected and tailored to the needs of die casters and suppliers in their chapter areas.

In-Plant Programs
All NADCA programs, courses and installations can be brought to the worksite for presentation. The cost in savings and scheduling advantages can be substantial!

In-House Programs
NADCA is now offering the "In-House Training Program for Operators and Technicians!" The In-House approach responds to the need of die casters to have control of the schedule, content and cost of training. It is a multi-module program that is highly cost-effective.

Change View
  • March 20 2018
    Basic Operator Training:Recognizing and Controlling Porosity 03/20/2018 The operator will learn how to recognize gas and shrinkage porosity and what causes porosity. This course will cover the sources of gas porosity, such as trapped air, steam, and lubricant. After the causes and sources of porosity are presented, the operator will be informed of various corrective measures that can be taken to reduce and control porosity. Add to Calendar
  • March 21 2018
    Basic Operator Training:Eliminating Solder and Flash Defects 03/21/2018 The operator will learn how what causes soldering and flash. The operating parameters and machine conditions that impact these two types of defects will be discussed. This course will also address die temperature, metal temperature, metal velocity and metal chemistry for soldering and tie bar load, linkage condition, impact pressure and die thermal balance for flash. Preferred operating ranges and machine conditions for eliminating solder and controlling flash will be presented. Add to Calendar
  • March 26 2018
    Hydraulic Accessories 03/26/2018 This part presents an overview of the other accessories that required for a hydraulic system to work safely, efficiently and reliably. The following accessories will be discussed: hydraulic conductors, reservoirs, heat exchangers and measuring instruments. Add to Calendar
  • March 27 2018
    Maintenance and Failure Analysis of Hydraulic Components 03/27/2018 This part presents an overview of the applicable basic rules when maintaining a hydraulic system. This part also presents several examples of how and why hydraulic components fail. Add to Calendar
  • March 28 2018
    Hydraulic Systems Troubleshooting 03/28/2018 TThis part presents an overview of the applicable best practices of hydraulic troubleshooting. This part presents several example of system failures and discuss possible solutions. Add to Calendar
  • May 8 2018
    Advanced Operator Training: The Operator's Role in Operating 05/08/2018 While every die cast machine may have its own unique set of controls based on its age and the specifications to which it was built, they all have similar elements that are used to operate them. This course will identify the basic components of the die cast machine and the conditions that are necessary to safely operate the machine. Add to Calendar
  • May 9 2018
    Advanced Operator Training: Process Control for Operators: C 05/09/2018 The foundation of controls theory will be discussed, and the common methods of control reviewed. Statistical Process Control (SPC) will be introduced after the normal distribution is presented and its importance to SPC explained. Add to Calendar
  • May 10 2018
    Advanced Operator Training: Process Control for Operators: W 05/10/2018 Building on the foundation of the normal distribution, the importance of SPC will be established, and then common control charts will be defined. Multiple examples will be given so the operator can learn how to interpret the charts and respond appropriately. Add to Calendar
  • May 15 2018
    Advanced Operator Training:Becoming Familiar With Casting Al 05/15/2018 A broad based knowledge of the die cast process and the variables that influence it is essential to become a valuable asset to your company as a die cast machine operator. This 8-part course series is designed to touch on topics that will help you understand the goals of the process, tooling, quality and melt departments. With this knowledge right at the cell, you will be better able to troubleshoot the process and make decisions that are consistent with those departments, and ultimately help your company provide continuous improvement for your customer. Add to Calendar
  • May 16 2018
    Advanced Operator Training:Understanding Die Steel and What 05/16/2018 Die steel properties and acceptance criteria as well as the heat treatment cycle and QA provisions are to be described in this course. This is so operators understand what provides longevity to dies and what degrades dies in operation. Add to Calendar
  • May 17 2018
    Advanced Operator Training:Why Control of Shot Sleeve Distor 05/17/2018 By now operators know the importance of the shot profile and what can happen to casting quality if deviation from the prescribed profile occurs. Distortion of sleeves causes sticking or seizing. This course will describe how sleeves can distort and what the operator can do to help minimize distortion. Add to Calendar
  • May 22 2018
    Advanced Operator Training: How To Control the Process To Co 05/22/2018 Shrinkage porosity was described in the basic OTP series. This is intended as an extension of shrinkage and will describe other defects that can be caused by shrinkage and how they can be corrected. In addition, cracking can stem from ejection, quenching, trimming and mis-handling. These causes will also be described. Add to Calendar
  • May 23 2018
    Advanced Operator Training: Better Metal Handling At the Die 05/23/2018 This course describes where inclusions and cold flakes come from, what their impact is and what can be done to minimize their presence. Holding furnace control and cleaning, proper ladling and handling of metal and shot delay time will also be addressed. Add to Calendar


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